This moving debut novel by Gregory Erich Phillips won the Grand Prize for best book of the year in the Chanticleer Reviews International writing Competition.
Pre WWI, Elsa came to America with her eyes wide open, realizing it was up to her to make a life
for herself. Surviving a sweatshop in lower Manhattan, a chance job with a Long Island elite
family opens up her world. Invited in, up to a point, she unwittingly, albeit precariously, crosses
the social divide with her now open heart which puts all she worked for in jeopardy.
What a truly wonderful story! I’ve read it three times, and with each
reading I find myself caring about the fabulous characters and their
lives even more.”
— P. J. Alderman, New York Times Bestselling Author
“From the riveting opening . . . until its gripping conclusion, this enthralling
novel vividly portrays the desperate times of German immigrants
landing at Ellis Island in 1905. A timely read . . . it illuminates the issues
that we are experiencing a century later. . .Phillips reminds us that love,
light, and perseverance can help us find a way to overcome almost any
— Chanticleer Reviews
"A Beguiling Novel... Readers will be satisfied by this novel's fast-paced plotting and its memorable characters." — Publishers Weekly
AUTHOR: GREGORY ERICH PHILLIPS
ISBN: ISBN 13 978-1-64058-011-4
FORMAT: 5.5 X 8.5 PAPERBACK
AVAILABLE: INGRAM BOOKS
PUBLISHER: LIMA CONCORDIA
Phillips's beguiling novel follows a young German immigrant woman weathering the dangers of factory work in pre-WWI America. Elsa Schuller lives with her mother and sister in New York's Lower East Side and works in a shirtwaist factory to help support her family. After a horrific fire results in the death of many factory workers and forces the factory to close, Elsa finds employment as a maid and German translator in the Long Island home of the Graham family. Elsa is also a companion to the Grahams' spoiled daughter, Dafne, their friendship crossing a social divide. When Dafne becomes engaged to handsome neighbor Glenn Streppy, she moves to New York City with Elsa so that she can be closer to Glenn, who has joined the Army and trains in Brooklyn. Yet Glenn's devotion to Army life and Dafne's desire to immerse herself in New York's social scene causes a deep fracture in their romance, eventually causing Elsa to find new employment. Phillips's portrayal of the gritty reality of early-20th-century immigrant life has impressive scope, eventually weaving in the devastating effects of World War I on the characters. Readers will be satisfied by this novel's fast-paced plotting and its memorable characters. (BookLife)
From the first chapter, you become engrossed by the story, you can’t stop reading it. It really displays what it’s like for immigrants and their ideals. 10/10.